Osmosis Festival of Lights Thursday, December 6 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm $25.00

Please join us for a convivial evening of friends and neighbors converging in the unique atmosphere of Osmosis.

We put up a large heated tent on the front lawn beautifully decorated and filled with music and good cheer.

Enjoy an abundance of gourmet hors d’oeuvres by Goatlandia, fine wine from Davis Family Vineyards, VOLO Chocolates, unique holiday gifts and live music by Amity Janes trio.

Reserve now for this totally fun holiday party and shopping opportunity where you can peruse our self-care boutique, purchase gift cards and receive complimentary treatments. Evening delights include a heart and soul warming Cedar Enzyme Footbath while viewing a fire dance performance, mini-massages or facials and raffle prizes totaling over $800!

Entry fee of $25 will be credited toward your Gift Card or Retail purchases that evening over $200.

Join us for this very special evening to gather in the warm energy space of our dear friends and lovely staff.

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Why scooters are the future of transportation

Author Marlon Boarnet

Almost overnight, electric scooters, e-bikes, and dockless bicycles have become a fixture in cities across the United States and beyond. While these devices might seem like toys, or annoyances, or possibly safety hazards, my decades of research and teaching on transportation planning leads me a different conclusion: Light-duty, sustainable mobility should be a central part of our transportation future.

The reason is simple: Most trips are short, but we usually drive because no other technology can rival the convenience of the car even for trips of one to two miles — until now.

Nationally, half of all trips are less than three miles. In cities, that fraction can be higher. We often don’t need two tons of steel with a couple of hundred horsepower to go three miles or less, but we drive because other options are not nearly as convenient. What would happen if we could move those short trips to technologies that are smaller and more environmentally friendly?

Some insight comes from a study that I completed with colleagues Genevieve Giuliano at USC and Yuting Hou and Eun Jin Shin (now at Singapore University of Technology and Design and Yale-NUS College, respectively.) With funding from the USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation, we compared job access for commuters using transit versus those driving to work in San Diego. Several results point to the potential advantages of technologies like scooters and bicycles that can bridge the gap between home, jobs, and transit stations.

A typical car commuter in San Diego’s poorest neighborhoods, when driving for 30 minutes, can reach 30 to 40 times more jobs than a person who starts in those same neighborhoods and commutes 30 minutes by transit. Why is there such a large difference between car and transit job access? The reasons are familiar to transit riders everywhere — transit commuters must walk to and from stations, wait for the bus or train, and often transfer, while cars go point-to-point.

Just getting to and from transit stations, for typical San Diego commuters, was almost 20 percent of total transit commute time. We studied what would happen if we could move people to and from stations on bicycles.

Our results showed that, in San Diego, if people could bike at both ends of a transit trip, to and from stations, the improvement in job access would be larger than what we could get by increasing the number of buses and trains by 50 percent citywide. However, adding more buses and trains is expensive. Moving persons back and forth to stations at bicycle speeds could be cheap — but how do we do that given that many persons may not want to or be able to bike?

Enter the e-mobility revolution. For the first time, we have the possibility of new technologies that can replace short car trips. Scooters and dockless bikes are likely the first of many light-duty, sustainable, short-trip vehicles. These technologies hold the promise of replacing short driving trips with something smaller, lighter, and much more environmentally friendly.

Of course there are issues that must be addressed. Scooters and dockless bikeshare can create clutter, interfere with pedestrians, and pose safety issues. Cities need to regulate this new mobility. In thinking about how to do that, cities should remember these principles:

  • When e-mobility uses public space, users or the mobility companies should pay the public for the use of that space. These devices use sidewalks, streets, and bike lanes, and it makes sense to charge reasonable fees for the use of that space.
  • We should do all we can to foster competition. Limiting the number of firms that operate might seem a sensible way to reduce scooter or bike clutter or to license the best-behaving firms. But picking winners, or even the number of winners, is unwise. It is better to let the market choose the number of companies that can profitably operate. Clutter can be managed by carefully designating parking locations for scooters and dockless bikes — maybe by replacing a car parking space on, for example, each block with scooter and bike parking.
  • Rather than requiring scooter and bicycle riders to wear helmets, we should aim to build infrastructure that makes our streets safe for all users. The same infrastructure that fosters safety for new e-mobility (i.e. slowing car travel speeds) will make our streets safer for pedestrians.
  • In the information age, data are valuable. These new mobility companies are generating large amounts of data on when, where, and how people travel. Cities should require data sharing as part of any license to operate.

The best thing planners and policymakers can do now is to realize that e-scooters and shared bikes are the harbingers of low-impact transport solutions that have the potential to solve vexing problems. We should regulate this industry, but in ways that focus on compensating the public for the use of public space and making streets safe for everyone in and out of cars, all while sharing data and fostering as much competition as we can. The cities that best do that will be leaders in this new transportation era.

Note: This piece was also recently published on the Social Innovation Blog of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.


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How ITS and Technology Can Accelerate Making Cycling About People

Author:Marianne Weinreich

Cycling is currently the fastest growing mode of transport in cities. The potential for accelerating cycling through ITS (intelligent transportation service) and other intelligent solutions is huge. Cities and the private sector can work together to make sure the innovations and new technologies align with the needs of both public authorities and residents for mobility, better use of public space, freedom from congestion, better quality of life, improved public health, more vibrant urban life, and reduced noise, emissions and pollution.

This blog presents some solutions from Denmark, which can easily be implemented elsewhere to achieve common goals. Optimizing Flow, Speed, and Safety

Cities can accelerate cycling uptake by making it even more attractive to cycle—by optimizing corridor flow and speed for cyclists and reducing the number of stops. For decades, cities have worked to ease these aspects of the driving experience for motor vehicle drivers. Yet stopping at an intersection is arguably even more annoying

the driving experience for motor vehicle drivers. Yet stopping at an intersection is arguably even more annoying for a cyclist who must give up momentum by braking and subsequently use more energy to get back up to speed. Transfer of the technology and practices already proven to be effective in car lanes can achieve these results in bicycle lanes.

Riding the Green Wave

Cycling through several intersections without having to stop is called a green wave. To help their cyclists ride the green wave, some Danish cities post signs or LED lights advising cyclists of the cycling speed that will keep them in sync with the traffic signals. The city of Aarhus is testing an RFDI technology that enables cyclists to carry an RFDI chip on their bikes that can activate the green signal phase at an upcoming intersection when passing an RFDI detector placed in the cycling lane a measured distance ahead of the signal.

Siemens has created an app-based system called SiBike that determines the speed and direction of the cyclists via the GPS sensor in their smart phone and activates upcoming green traffic signals.

Supercykelstisekretariatet (The Cycle Superhighway Secretariat) in Greater Copenhagen is testing a countdown system that allows cyclists to see when the signal will turn green and use that information to adapt their speed to the signals.

In the most optimal systems, a cyclist would not have to activate, wear a device, or change her behavior, but be automatically detected and the signal dynamically adapt to the actual speed of the cyclist.

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Why New York City Should Welcome Electric Scooters on Its Streets

Author Justin Davidson

Electric scooters have arrived in cities all over the country, but they’re wending their way more slowly to New York, where transit innovations, like actors and food trends, come to be honed or fade away. Unwilling to wait, I go hunting for one in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, and, following the dot on my phone, find a Bird propped against a lamppost. I step on, kick off, thumb the throttle, and steer, and in seconds I feel like I’ve been doing it for years.

How can anyone detest these things? Simple, efficient, cheap, and slightly goofy, they are the 21st-century version of the Vespa. You can ride one in a dress or in a suit, or if your knees hurt too much to walk a mile or your legs are too weak to pedal. You can chug up hills and over bridges without arriving at your destination shellacked in sweat. Suddenly, a platform with two battery-powered wheels and a vertical handlebar seems like the most obvious way to get around.

Fitted out with a battery-powered motor and a top speed of 15 miles per hour, this steerable skateboard has confounded transportation experts and politicians: is it a vehicle or a bike-like toy, a solution or a sidewalk scourge? In their short existence, e-scooters have triggered a cascade of complaints: they’re too fast, slow, lame, or popular, too vulnerable to breakdowns, cracked sidewalks, vandalism, and hacking; they have no place on sidewalks, in bike lanes, or in traffic.

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